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CALDE OF LONG SUN Mass Market Paperback – Oct 2 1995


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Oct. 2 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812534204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812534207
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 12.2 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,076,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
As in the first two books of the series, this one limps along at a less than rapid pace, despite being rife with godly possession, swapped body parts, mechanical soldiers, and one priestly space vampire. It was in this book I began to notice Wolfe's need to have his characters talk and talk about what they know (or think they know) and how they came to know it, as well as his tendency to skip important events only to have his characters talk about them later. This is all fine and good, and is all part of that unique Wolfe atmosphere, which is one part 'huh?' and two parts 'WTF?!' I still believe the encompassing story of the Whorl, the "gods" who created it, and where it's going are the hooks in this series. But given its size (over 1400 pages), at each long-winded conversation I couldn't shake the feeling that Wolfe's characters were being paid by the word.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
After first twoo books of the series I really did't expected much. But what I got here totally dissapointed me. Patera Silk again finds himself in countless situations from which he is trying to get out unscarred. The whole world and characters are presented kinda "shy?", and one can not put himself in role of Patera silk, one can not live inside him a live trough his "adventurs". Wolfe, at the end of a novel, invetns a relatively "unknown" method called deus ex machina. He got so tnagled in a web of characters and situations that this was the only way out. How logical? judge for yourslef. Rather plain writing also doesenßt serve this book as a good messenger, yet long conversation which lead nowhere, tedious pace and flatstone characters totally kills this book. I gave it three stars just for the sake of the "old glory". But if you want honest oppinion, do not read this book.
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By marc curry on Oct. 17 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If it weren't for the astonishing reviews for this series ("telling someone what is great about Gene Wolfe's writing is like trying to tell someone what's great about Mozart's music...") I probably would have stopped reading this book halfway through it. I've been reading sci-fi/fantasy for 25 years. During this time, I have grown to appreciate more literary works. Calde does in fact contain well written, at times transcendant passages, but the story itself is ludicrously overwrought and complex. Wolfe forgets that a good story, regardless of whether it is pulp or artistry, must entertain the reader. Calde was technically proficient, but cold and lifeless. After being mildly disappointed with the first two books, I have continued to read on, hoping that Wolfe's style would click with me. Unfortunately, it just didn't happen.
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